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Many Online Charter Schools Fail to Graduate Even Half of Their Students on Time

If you're a student attending a virtual charter high school, the chances are pretty high that the majority of your classmates are not going to earn a diploma on time, an Education Week Research Center analysis finds. (April 18, 2019)


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In this e-book on the charter school movement’s first 25 years, Education Week details charter schools’ impact on: public education, school choice initiatives, student achievement, accountability systems, special education students, English-language learners, and equity and integration.

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Rewarding Failure: An Education Week Investigation
With growing evidence that the nation's cyber charter schools are plagued by serious academic and management problems, Education Week conducted a months-long investigation into what is happening in this niche sector of K-12 schooling.

Charter Schools at 25
Twenty-five years ago, Minnesota passed the country's first charter school law. Since then, the charter sector has expanded exponentially. Explore the evolution of charter schools and debate over diversity.

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As the president accepts his party’s nomination, his messaging reflects a bundle of priorities, from getting schools back open and pushing school choice to the hot-button issue of how American history is taught.
September 2, 2020 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Education Is Not Scalable
May 13, 2020 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Dispelling Charter Schools Myths
April 29, 2020 – Education Week
The pandemic has boosted appreciation for public schools; the next step is greater funding, argues education historian and activist Diane Ravitch.
April 10, 2020 – Education Week
Virtual charters represent an imperfect model for the kind of remote learning school districts should be providing during school shutdowns, some experts argue.
March 31, 2020 – Education Week
Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg oversaw a boom in charter schools as New York City mayor, but said he's "not sure they're appropriate every place."
March 4, 2020 – Education Week
There's long been debate over religious charter schools in a corner of the school choice advocacy world. A closely watched U.S. Supreme Court case shows why.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
In a case from Montana, conservative justices suggested they were inclined to rule for parents who seek to reinstate a state tax credit funding scholarships for use at religious schools.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
A pair of new studies find that, when given a choice, white parents tend to send their children to schools that are predominantly white.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
Legislators in New Hampshire turned down $46 million in federal charter school grants, concerned about continued costs once the money ran out.
January 22, 2020 – Education Week

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